What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
Just got back from a stay at this beautiful hotel. Within walking of sites. Clean, great staff. Very accommodating...secure storage of our luggage prior to check in. Hotel decor is beautiful....staircase was gorgeous. Outdoor patio was pretty.
Breakfast is wonderful, great selection. Will be returning !!!!
We stayed for only one night at the Hotel Granvia after our cruise. This elegant boutique hotel has an outstanding location in Barcelona, close to the metro/train and Aerospace (to the airport). Walking distances to restaurants, shopping and a few attractions. Staff was attentive and very friendly. Room was a bit small, but well-designed. We were upgraded to a room with balcony, and regretfully we didn't have the chance to use it. We didn't have breakfast, but was invited to
We had a fantastic time staying at this beautiful hotel. The lobby is simple and functional, but the first floor public space is amazing. Not only is there a lovely indoor space where you can relax and eat breakfast or enjoy afternoon happy hour treats, but also there is an extensive outdoor patio with comfortable seating. On top of all this, our room was also very spacious and recently renovated.
Beautiful hotel that is centrally located. Two blocks away from Placa Catalonia where the Hop on Hop Off starts its city tour and the beginning of Las Rambla. Hotel has a beautiful library/business office that is adjacent to the breakfast room. Ample food for breakfast that is beautifully presented as well as afternoon tea/coffee with sweets provided. Cocktail hour followed. Friendly & helpful staff! You might want to ask for a bath mat since the new bathtub is a bit slippery and dial 9 if you want anything since it's not noted on the welcoming brochure.
I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights while in Barcelona last year between a 7 day cruise. The location of the hotel is great for walking sightseeing. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the service is GREAT. Great accommodations for a reasonable price